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"Julie Ferguson has made the life of James Douglas and the fur trade exceedingly readable. I was surprised to find myself treating this book as something of a page-turner. Douglas life was certainly interesting and complex in and of itself, but Ferguson handles the material in a way that makes it even more captivating."

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"...a first rate biography and thematic history. Strongly recommended for middle school and up."

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James Douglas tells the story of the son of a Scottish plantation owner and a mixed-race woman who would become governor of the Colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia. Before Vancouver existed as we know it today, Douglas’s vision and drive laid the foundation for Canada’s westernmost province.
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Product Details

  • Series: Quest Biography (Book 25)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn; 1st edition (October 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554884098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554884094
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,691,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Douglas: Father of British Columbia is an excellent book for anyone looking for a highly readable, fast-paced and entertaining account of one of the most important figures in British Columbia's history. I came away from this book with a clear picture of Douglas and his times and a vastly greater appreciation for life and the political challenges in the early days of our province. I only hope Ferguson writes more books like this one. Highly recommended.
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When I was in school, Canadian history was a major part of our curriculum over the years, but I doubt I retained more than five percent of what I was taught. If we had had books like James Douglas: Father of British Columbia to read, I would have remembered much more. Julie H. Ferguson's captivating biography of Sir James Douglas makes history compelling and entertaining.

Written for teen readers, the book provides a detailed, chronological exploration of Douglas's personal and professional life that include excerpts from his letters and a bit of imagined dialogue. Clearly, James Douglas was a complicated man, not without faults, and Ferguson's balanced view offers intriguing insight about Douglas's character. And a strong character this man was as he travelled by canoe and snowshoe throughout Canada numerous times, worked his way up the ranks of HBC, and eventually became the first governor of the Colonies of Vancouver Island. He survived hardship, hunger, family tragedies, and even the gold rush era.

The author provides a timeline of Douglas's life (1803-1877) accompanied by major events in the U.S., Canada, and Britain before and during that period. The timeline makes a terrific reference point and exemplifies the intense change and challenge Canada experienced in the nineteenth century. Anyone interested in Canadian history should read this beautifully written book, not only for its historical value, but to better understand the man who gave everything he had to help shape this country. You won't be disappointed.
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Julie Ferguson makes history come alive. It is like opening a time capsule and following prominent events of the time through the vivid portrayal of James Douglas's life and his influential hand in transforming colony to province. ...it should be a part of B.C.'s school curriculum. I highly recommend this book!
Irene Butler, Author
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The book arrived with a broken spine. It is amateur history.
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